Flowers To Attract Native Bees To Your Garden


Bees play a vital role in our ecosystems. By cultivating a garden that is a haven for these pollinators, you can actively contribute to supporting native bee populations. Something as simple as planting bee-friendly flowers can make an impact. Not only do these flowers attract native bees, but many of them also bloom throughout the year, ensuring a steady supply of pollen and nectar.

The significance of our native bees cannot be overstated. They play a crucial role in preserving biodiversity and ensuring the pollination of our native plant species. Moreover, these remarkable insects have proven to be highly effective pollinators for numerous agricultural crops. Safeguarding the value of our native bees is vital to maintaining a thriving ecosystem and securing the future of our food production.

Five flowers that attract native bees

  1. Daisies. With their shallow flowers brimming with nectar and pollen, daisies are a magnet for all native bee species. These resilient, low-growing shrubs can fit even in the tiniest of gardens, thanks to their long flowering periods. Cut-leaf daisies are particularly adored by stingless bees, while everlasting daisies are also an excellent choice.
  2. Lavandula – Lavender. The Blue Banded Bee has a special affinity for lavender, drawn to its copious nectar and year-round blooms. Native bees also have a fondness for other herbs such as basil, thyme, sage, rosemary, lemon balm, and mint. These all smell great, look fantastic, and are loved by humans and bees alike.
  3. Grevillea – Spider Flower. Grevillea hybrids are long-flowering shrubs that produce generous amounts of nectar, making them irresistible to a wide range of native bees and nectar-feeding birds. These versatile plants come in various sizes, from towering shrubs to prostrate varieties, great for different garden settings.
  4. Tea tree Leptospermum. Embrace the beauty of the tea tree Leptospermum, a small tree or shrub boasting blooms in shades of white, pink, and red during early summer. Apart from its ornamental value, this plant can also serve as a screening plant, and its essential oils can be used to make candles and soaps.
  5. Flowering gum. Indigenous gum blossoms from trees in your local area are a feast for native bees. Even if you have limited space, consider the ficifolia variety, which offers an abundance of spring flowers and never fails to captivate both you and the bees with its charm.

Attracting native bees to your garden not only enhances its visual appeal but also serves as a meaningful contribution to safeguarding our ecosystem. It’s a win-win situation that allows you to create a beautiful garden while actively supporting the bees. Keep in mind the importance of reducing pesticide usage or opting for natural alternatives that protect the native bee populations. By adopting these practices, you can ensure a thriving garden that harmoniously coexists with these remarkable creatures, maintaining a healthier and more sustainable environment for all.


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